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Antipodes CX

$6,500.00

  • Excellent Server
  • Very Good Renderer
  • Exceptional Transparency

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Antipodes CX

The CX is a true breakthrough product providing high computing power without compromising sound quality, using a full desktop Intel i7 processor.

Using an i7 has significant upsides and significant downsides for sound quality. But Antipodes tunes the CPU for audio by turning off the features that work against sound quality, and by setting the CPU clock speed at a level that enables it to run at its optimum precision.

This approach delivers outstanding sound quality and still provides the power to navigate a huge Roon library, and to transcode your redbook files on-the-fly up to DSD512.

For example the CX can transcode CD files to DSD512 using just 1 of its 6 real Cores.

This level of headroom, coupled with a simplified Linux operating system, enables the CX to have a dramatic impact on sound quality when managing the Server application.

You can start with just the CX, performing both the Server function and the Renderer function, and play direct to the USB or Ethernet input on your DAC.

You can add high quality auto-ripping by adding a P1 Platform. Or you can add further digital outputs (S/PDIF, AES3 and I2S) by adding a P2 Platform.

For a dramatic increase in sound quality, add an EX to the CX. In this configuration the CX is dedicated to the Server function and the EX is dedicated to the Renderer function (CX+EX Solution).

In this configuration, you can add a P1 as a platform to the CX, and a P2 to the EX.

The CX delivers the best sound quality from a one-box solution, but it is also an investment towards our best sounding CX+EX solution where the CX is dedicated to just the Server function.

Because the CX does not have a cooling fan, you should ensure the CX has adequate ventilation if running processor intensive functions, and we recommend you leave the background audio analysis function in Roon at its default settings, or turn it off. If you decide to set CPUs to run at 100% to complete background analysis you should monitor the heat of the CX case.

Functionality


Antipodes Control Panel

  • Use any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone to manage your CX
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Assemble Your Music Library

  • Add internal storage to your CX to enable playback from internal storage
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  • Rip your CDs to internal storage on your CX using any USB Optical Drive, or with optimum precision using an Antipodes P1
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  • Copy your music files to the internal storage of the CX over your network
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  • Manage your music on your desktop/laptop/nas and synchronise the library on the CX to it
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  • Setup automatic synchronisation to backup the files on your CX to external storage on your network
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  • Backup the files on your CX to a USB drive
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  • Add files on external storage (desktop/laptop/nas) to the music library of your CX
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Integration With Your System

  • A CX can be connected to play concurrently, direct to a DAC via USB, Direct to a DAC via Ethernet; and stream to devices on your network that are compatible with Roon, Squeezebox, DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome, SONOS or Plex
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  • Control playback on your CX from any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone
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Applications

The Antipodes CX offers a choice of best-of-breed applications, selected via the Antipodes Control Panel.

Music Playback Options

Complete Playback Solutions

DLNA Server Options

DLNA Renderer

Other Playback Options

Specifications

CXEXP1P2
Casework ColorSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or Black
Passive Fanless Silent Cooling
All Case Parts CNC Machined From Solid Alloy Block
USB Output
– 5v On/Off Options
– PCM to 32bit/768kHz
– DoP to DSD512
– Native DSD to DSD512
Stereo Analog Output
– Processes PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– Transcodes other formats before conversion
Low-Noise Ethernet Direct
Isolated USB Input
Word Clock Link
S/PDIF Output
– RCA and BNC options
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
AES3 Output
– XLR
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
I2S Output
– HDMI
– PCM to 32bit/384kHz
– DoP to DSD256
– Native to DSD512
Complete Antipodes Application Suite
– Server Apps
– Renderer Apps
– Admin Apps
User-Installable Storage – Two 2.5″ 7mm Sata0-8TB0-8TB
Automatic CD Ripping App
Medium Power Quad Core Celeron
– Not suitable for some Roon DSP functions
High Power 6 Core i7 For Server Apps
– Enables demanding Roon DSP functions
Internal ODAPS2 Linear Regulated PSU
Power Required
– 110-120VAC 60Hz or 220-240VAC, Switchable
Depth290mm290mm290mm290mm
Height At Front (Including Feet)90mm90mm30mm30mm
Weight7.5Kg7.5Kg2.9Kg3.1Kg
Warranty
– 2 Years
– Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
– 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage
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Reviews

HiFi Advice Review of CX+EX

Christiaan Punter (Founder/Editor of HiFi Advice) first listened to the Antipodes EX as a renderer only, with Roon Server running on his computer. Then he heard how much better the EX sounded when it ran both the Server and Renderer apps. Then we sent him a CX to use as a Server feeding the EX as a Renderer, and he immediately discovered both how important the Server device is, and what a breakthrough product the CX is.

“..it took all of 3 seconds before I loudly exclaimed: “Holy Shit!” The difference was not subtle, it was huge! Wow man, everything the EX does so well was still there, but magnified [by the CX+EX Solution]. The soundstage was now even larger, both wider and deeper and even more enveloping, the delivery more powerful, with even more impressive dynamics.”

“There comes a time when a reviewer just lacks the superlatives to describe the latest experience and for me, this is it. This combination is, quite simply, the very best digital front end that I have heard.”

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